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[div-i-dend] /ˈdɪv ɪˌdɛnd/
Mathematics. a number that is to be divided by a divisor.
Law. a sum out of an insolvent estate paid to creditors.
  1. a pro-rata share in an amount to be distributed.
  2. a sum of money paid to shareholders of a corporation out of earnings.
Insurance. (in participating insurance) a distribution to a policyholder of a portion of the premium not needed by the company to pay claims or to meet expenses.
a share of anything divided.
anything received as a bonus, reward, or in addition to or beyond what is expected:
Swimming is fun, and gives you the dividend of better health.
1470-80; < Latin dīvidendum thing to be divided, neuter gerund of dīvidere to divide
Related forms
superdividend, noun
5. allotment, portion. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dividends
  • It's a difficult job, but one that pays tremendous dividends for public health.
  • But what you might not know is that legalizing pot could also pay environmental dividends as well.
  • Her bold vision for healthy oceans that work for communities and marine life will pay dividends for generations to come.
  • Even if one forgets dividends and looks at the price-earnings ratio, things look fairly attractive.
  • And many researchers maintain that a diverse stem cell portfolio will increase medical discovery dividends.
  • These attacks have fewer consequences than attacking military patrols, and pay dividends in terms of headlines.
  • It is essential to check that the stock will continue to pay dividends irrespective of the economic situation.
  • Investors have been keener on drawing dividends than committing capital for long-term growth.
  • Beyond these easier fixes, adding or updating insulation can pay dividends on your utility bills.
  • His unexpected notoriety has already brought some dividends.
British Dictionary definitions for dividends


  1. a distribution from the net profits of a company to its shareholders
  2. a pro-rata portion of this distribution received by a shareholder
the share of a cooperative society's surplus allocated at the end of a period to members
(insurance) a sum of money distributed from a company's net profits to the holders of certain policies
something extra; bonus
a number or quantity to be divided by another number or quantity Compare divisor
(law) the proportion of an insolvent estate payable to the creditors
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dīvidendum what is to be divided; see divide
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Word Origin and History for dividends



late 15c., from Middle French dividende "a number divided by another," from Latin dividendum "thing to be divided," neuter gerundive of dividere (see divide). Mathematical sense is from 1540s. Meaning "portion of interest on a loan, stock, etc." is from 1620s. Related: Dividends.

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dividends in Science
A number divided by another. In the equation 15 ÷ 3 = 5, 15 is the dividend.
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dividends in Culture

dividend definition

A payment to the stockholders of a corporation from the corporation's earnings.

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